Capt J.V. Parker of Tyler, Texas, welcomes Flight Nurse, Lt. Jean Fetty
of Joplin, Mo., one of the nurses who accompanied the Recovery Team
which liberated the 354 officers at the camp. 1st Lt. (promoted to
Captain during the war) Myron Frederick Wildish seen in background,
second from left behind Parker.
Prisoners at Rokuroshi Prison
Camp located about 250 miles west of Osaka as they welcome the first
Americans they have seen in approx 3-1/2 years.
Jap Lieutenant Tsuntaro [Toshitaro] Habe,
Camp Commander Ex. turns over his sword
to American Camp Commander Col. Marion D. Unruh, B-24 Pilot, from
Pretty Prairie, Kansas, in a gesture of surrender. Lt. Habe gave the
order for dipping the benjo pails on the day of surrender, and is
credited with the quote, "It's yours and you'll dip it."
Raising the American flag over
Camp Rokuroshi. Left to right_ Lt. Commander William J. Gailbraith,
USN, from Knoxville, Tenn., captured on the USS Houston, March, 1942,
Lt. Col. Donald Spicer, USMC, from Augusta, Georgia., who asked to
raise the flag because he surrendered the first American territory to
Japs on Guam on Dec 10, 1941, and Capt. Jack K. Boyer, from Taos, N.M.,
Anti Aircraft, Coast Artillery, captured on Bataan, April 9, 1942.
men eating at table.
Capt Edward Erikson of
Minnesota, stripped to waist showing effects of malnutrition after
gaining 25 lbs. over weight while prisoner of Japs.
Capt Charles D. Matzen,
Philadelphia, PA, after having gained approximately 20 lbs. He still
case of beri beri.
POW bed ridden from
This photograph, while indicated as being from
Zentsuji, is also included in the photo files from Bilibid POW Camp in
Lt/JG Thomas Magee, 3rd, USNR,
of San Francisco as Nurse Lt. Jean Fetty takes his pulse during
preliminary medical examination.
Line of ex-POWs waiting for
Gate to Rokuroshi POW camp.
of camp from back of camp.
work on farm.
view from entry side.
of camp from farm.
British officer- name not noted.
All Philadelphians (l to r) Lt.
Charles Montgomery, Capt Warren Sterling, Capt Harry Pierce, Lt.
Kirkpatrick, Lt. Horace Smith, Capt Louis Lazzerini, Lt Robert Bassett,
USN, Ensign Russell Snow, USN.
Lt. Fred Garrett, Norman, OK,
who had leg amputated while Jap prisoner, throws away Jap clothing.
(l to r) Lt. Fred Garrett,
Oklahoma, Col Marion Unruh of Pretty Prairie, Kansas- who was American
senior officer- and Capt James Parker of Tyler, Texas, with Jap
Japanese Red Cross serving food at train stop. Officer to the left is
Captain John Coleman, officer turning toward the Red Cross lady is 1Lt
Morton L. Deeter.
out the day of departure, [scan of
up on trucks for departure, [scan of
loading up to leave. Source: National Museum of
Health and Medicine, Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology. World War
II Japanese POW Photographs, circa, 1945
nurse greets men upon arrival in Yokohama [picture
courtesy of Milton